Bloodroot: A Medicinal Plant

Posted by Rhonda (San Diego, Ca.) on 05/29/2007
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Re: black salve killed malignant melanoma tumors... My brother in law had late stage malignant melanoma that was diagnosed in 2000 and he was given 4-6 months to live prognosis at that time. He had tumors under his Rt. arm that disappeared with diet and herbal treatment. The tumors came back a couple of years ago and grew very quickly to the size of large cantelope.

I am a retired RN and did daily dressing changes, using black salve to the tumor sites until they came off in large chunks of necrotic tissue. There were times that I had to forego putting salve on them because of copious bleeding but after 6 months of daily treatment with black salve, the tumors were completely dead.

He had to undergo plastic surgery in order to have the necrotic masses and had large skin grafts placed over the site, but to him, it was well worth it because of the disfigurment these large masses caused.

John fought a 7 year battle and lived 16 more months after having plastic surgery. He died 3 months ago from metastatic melanoma to the upper and lower bowel. He was a very brave man that was able to say "NO" to the medical profession who wrote him off long ago.

I believe that he lived for so long because he never had chemo and radiation treatments that MDs insisted upon and stuck to diet and natural medicine. Anemia is what finally killed him. From the blood feeding all the tumors. He had several transfusions but was having more side effects and fast tumor growth after each of these so stopped them.

I have photos of the tumors through various stages of salve use if you want to see them. They are quite remarkable. Not for the weak however.

Application Tips
Posted by Gail (Sacramento, California) on 07/05/2010

Sorry to hear some are having bad experiences with bloodroot salve. The best black salve I've used for years contains bloodroot, galangal, sheep sorrel and red clover. It works on surface skin moles and warts as well as tumors beneath the skin because it kills the growth and it's roots underneath the skin. ESSENTIAL to know however, is that the user should leave the paste ONLY 12 hours. Then the paste should be thoroughly washed off removing every particle of the salve, preferably with peroxide. Vitamin E should then be applied to the wound itself, and vaseline to the bandage to prevent sticking. The wound should be redressed the same way, vitamin E on the wound and vaseline on a clean bandage 2-4 times per day. It is ESSENTIAL the user understand that to remove moles with roots or tumors beneath the skin, that the area must be kept very moist and completely covered. The growth will return ONLY if you have not killed the roots. Be prepared to witness the mini "volcano" reaction as your body pushes bits of the growth right through the skin, bit by bit. Resist the temptation to pull or prod anything off. Allow your body to push out the debris on it's own time. Just keep the area clean, moist and covered and your body will do the rest. If you've had the misfortune of harming or burning facial skin, vitamin E will help repair skin damage at the cellular level. Be sure to use natural vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol) liberally on those areas at night. If facial growths or moles are small and appear to be without roots, a good alternative to black salve that isn't as strong is ACV or Logol's iodine. But again, apply vitamin E to surrounding skin as they can also burn skin. Many health experts also recommend taking vitamin A internally to protect the skin from further unwanted skin growths. I hope this helps!

EC: Gail's feedback was originally posted in response to several WARNING posts on the moles page here:

Skin Cancer
Posted by Paul (Bremerton, Washington) on 03/27/2008
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I have successfully used cancemas black salve to remove melanomas and basal cell skin cancers over a 6 yr period.

Greg canton was distroyed by the fda.They will use all the might of the federal government to distroy anyone that threatens the drug/medical money making machine in this and other countries. This medical insurance scam is run to control every aspect of american society and now is threatening to distroy it. Do we really need to have most of the treatments and drugs that are foisted upon us by out wonderfully trained physicians?I had a relative die last yr at the old age of 21 because of our wonderful medicine.


He was diagnosed as depressed, given antidepressants for 3 yrs and when his heart was effected had two stents put in at 20 and died of a heart attack at 21.

Side effects of most of these drugs are countered by more drugs with more side effects.Sounds like a drug sellers dream.What is the difference between a drug dealer on the street and your doctor?

One makes you feel better and you know it might kill you before you start taking it and you will have to pay for it out of pockit.The other makes you feel worse and you don't know that it is going to kill you before you start taking it but most of it is covered by insurance.

Skin Cancer
Posted by Brenda (Stuart, Florida) on 09/01/2007
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I started to notice that I was getting clear or reddish bumps on my face, in particular on either side of my nose...also that I had a dry patch on the tip of my nose that would come and go. I had some skin cancers removed many years ago and have lived a life in the sun but have no health insurance, was basically not dealing with these new spots until a friend told me about black salve and gave me a small amount to try...I tried it on many places on my face and only one reacted at first but in a terrible, painful burned and swelled' and turned into the ugly mess that so many others have experienced...I kept putting aloe(from a plant, not a bottle) and pure Vitamin E oil on the scab and when it fell off I had no scar.

I have now been using it all over my body and in particular all around the nose area, where the root seems concentrated...I have even used it inside my nose, tho all information says not to put it in the mucus membranes. One thing I do that no one has mentioned...when I am healing a spot and the black piece comes out. I immediately clean out the hole with peroxide and put more salve into the hole it left...some holes have continued to discharge as many as 10 applications...the discharged tumors are progressively lighter in color until finally no more comes from the spot..the hole closes beautifully and as I use Vitamin E oil on the scabs and all around the hole and in the hole, I never scar...and I have taken a LOT of this off my face. It seems to grow like a plant throughout the skin once it gets a hold and I have a lot of it but my body is cooperating with me, we are a team in the fight for our life. I also changed my diet to complete alkaline, stopped meat and all alcohol, eat raw foods as much as possibe. I would like a source of the internal tonic if anyone knows one.In general I would say that this is not for the faint hearted but it is an amazing experience to watch your body expel these cancers and heal itself. But you have to help it by doing everything possible for your immune system.

Ted's Feedback
Posted by Angela (New Castle, Indiana) on 05/07/2013

Bloodroot: It's been my experience that any store bought supplement or herb I've bought has NEVER been as effective as ones I've made and why would they be when the pharmaceutical companies want us relying on them and physicians to "heal us" which only means to suppress illness, my opinion. I became ill with "morgellons" 2 yrs ago and have tried nearly everything but nothing has completely cured me. I became interested in bloodroot last fall but had to wait until recently to harvest some of this miraculous root. The warnings for this plant are RIDICULOUS! I've read to wear gloves as it will eat ur skin up, etc. I wore no gloves, have mashed it up and applied it to my skin with no ill effects and made an extract up and began drinking it in small doses several days ago. I'm not dead, I'm not sick and my skin has not become necrotic, no tunnel vision and no numbness of hands. In homeopathic medicine they treat like with like and my vision was seriously affected by this illness and I had numbness and tingling in arms and hands so I figured why not try it particularly after reading that in the UK they're eliminating synthetic antibiotics in cow's feed for bloodroot, how toxic could it be??? it's not! Which is what leads me to believe it's likely a miracle cure for much of what ails american's in general. There's been much research on bloodroot as an anti-cancer drug as well as effective against m. Leprae and tb. The FDA is worthless as is much of the american govt anymore. Hoping this will cure whatever it is that morgellons really is!

Chest Tumors
Posted by Geoffrey (PA) on 05/27/2021
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I made my own bloodroot paste, with other herbs mentioned on earthclinic, as I had four tumors in my chest, three were small but big enough to be easily felt, and one larger. The three smaller ones took two weeks to erupt, but the larger one took a month, and when it erupted fully while showering, it dangled as it had two necrotized blood vessels still attached, as the paste stops the angiogenesis or blood support. That tumor was deeper into my chest, and left a two inch wide opening, and was about an inch in depth into the right side of my chest. That one was painful, so I prayed a lot, and I believe God helped me. That was over five years ago. I also removed one about the size of two peas from my left arm.

When I first tested the salve I made, I put it over normal skin, for 20 hours, and nothing happened, but when placed over the tumors, I at first felt a tingling sensation. A good salve will not immediately go after normal tissue, a bad salve recipe will go after the good tissue. I honestly believe to this day, it saved my life.

Breast Cancer
Posted by Beamer (Brisbane, Australia) on 12/14/2017

@Diane Florida - normally for cancer on the skin, a person uses the black salve or bloodroot salve. I can't speak from experience for using it in capsules. What I can tell you is that when the bloodroot is working, the area oozes and looks really horrible and eventually the body pushes out the cancer.

Posted by Gwen M. (Orlando, Fl) on 01/10/2016

I have used Cansema for years. My TCM doctor told me about it and applied it in her office ($25). She told me where to buy my own supply. My original jar is probably at least 15 years old. It is important to stir it well if it is old. I don't think it is quite as potent as when fresh. I bought another jar ($50) from the original lab that is now in Equador. I was told they are not allowed to send the full, original formula to USA clients. I suspect that is true because it is not as effective. I bought a bottle of Bloodroot Extract recently from a normal herbs store, so apparently the heat is off. I haven't tried it yet. It only seems to work when cancer is present. It reaches out and destroys any off-shoots of the cancer, some if them pin-sized. Dermatologists were recently given a "paper" saying Bloodroot doesn't work; it most certainly DOES! I treat it with great respect, treating only one site at a time. Each cancer reacts differently.

How to Heal Bloodroot Scars
Posted by Cary (Phoenix, Arizona) on 11/01/2007
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I have never used bloodroot, however I have read that it can cause scars. Scars such as burn scars are treated by continually keeping the skin moist. Extreme moisture' should allow all of the capillaries to grow back to gather fully, thus preventing scar tissue. The point I am making is that if it works for preventing scars for burn victims than it should prevent most other scaring. Keep in mind that what ever you use, it must contain antibacterial properties. Failure to do so my allow the area to become infected with bacteria and other nasty fungus, etc Neosporin and burn creams such as 1% silver sulfadiazine cream are two product that work well. It would also be beneficial if you can cover the area with a thin plastic wrap. Here in the USA we call it saran wrap. Its' the same thing they put over a new tattoo. Then a bandage, gauze or ace bandage will hold it in place. DO NOT let a scab form or else it will prevent the capillaries from forming new healthy skin. The scab is what causes the scaring in the first place. I have found that it is ok to let the bandaged area dry out a few hours a day. If the skin starts to harden, that's ok. It should soften up once again after you reapply the ointment and bandage.

Ps. If you have pre existing scar tissue you can use the same method, however it take much linger once the scar has already had time to form. God bless...

Skin Cancer
Posted by Dhyan Sandhya (Hawaii) on 10/28/2015

I have used bloodroot many times and gone to the doctor a few times to have skin cancer diagnosed and removed. So far the only times the mistakes have been made are when the doctors misdiagnose the area and when they have cut it out saying it is all gone.....and it wasn't....more grew around it. The areas I used bloodroot to diagnosis cancer were correct and the areas that bloodroot took out the cancer stayed clear ..... no cancer even years later. Medical profession makes many more mistakes and leaves much worse scarring than bloodroot. Pain would be the same either way except they use pain products that we don't. If someone gets a keloid or raised scar this is their skin not the bloodroot fault. If someone doesn't get the directions clear on how to use bloodroot and follow it then it is not the bloodroot. If they have let the cancer grow and it is a large spot or tumor than of course it will be painful and nasty looking.... in the operation with a doctor it would be the same. Some people can handle this choice and others still is up to us. People screw up and doctors screw up.....not the bloodroot is my opinion and personal experience.

Skin Cancer
Posted by Bob (Toronto, Canada) on 05/20/2008

Strephen Barett owns quack site and he has been involved in several lawsuits and he has direct ties with the FDA where he was forced to admit in a trial that he makes money from the FDA for defaming natural cures.
The most damning testimony before the jury, under the intense cross-examination by Negrete, was that Barrett had filed similar defamation lawsuits against almost 40 people across the country within the past few years and had not won one single one at trial. During the course of his examination, Barrett also had to concede his ties to the AMA, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

Posted by Betsy K. (Fremont, CA) on 08/01/2021
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I used bloodroot paste to remove a few small moles. I got the paste on Amazon, but the seller has left Amazon, and I can't remember the name of the brand. I just that it was super expensive (maybe $30 for a thimble full).

You scratch the mole with sandpaper or a needle until it bleeds just a little. Apply the bloodroot to the mole only and tape it up. Apply again everyday for a few more days, then stop. A blister or a blood blister forms around the mole and the area turns red and irritated. Eventually, a scab forms and it drops off. You're left with a crater, but that's good, it shows the root was removed. I have no scars at all from this, though it took a month or two so for the crater to fill in and for the pinkness to turn a normal color. I used this on my face and neck and it was fine.

Actinic Keratosis
Posted by Geoffrey (PA) on 05/27/2021
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Actinic Keratosis:

made a paste of bloodroot around five years ago, I had tumors in my chest, and one in my arm. I applied it on my skin where there was no tumors for close to 20 hours, and nothing happened. I put my homemade paste over my tumors and felt a tingling sensation, so I left it on and covered it with tape. It was painful by the second day, but in two weeks most of my tumors erupted slowly, the largest one, took a month and had two vessels attached, but the paste had caused them to become necrotic. To this day, I believe it saved my life. Prior to doing this, I watched many videos. I added chaparral, and a few other herbs. I would not advise anyone else to do this.

Where to Buy
Posted by Barbara (England) on 03/08/2021
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Does anybody know where I can buy the bloodroot powder only for removing skin moles? I also have some verrucas on my feet and wanted to try just the powder, not the salve, as the salve spreads and takes longer. I bought many years ago a powder and it was white and I mixed it with a little water. I emery boarded the mole and applied the paste only to the mole and it went black and fell off, only one treatment was needed and I liked that.

After I was left with a pink mark and eventually a whitish scar but looks better than the mole. If anybody can find just the pure powder please let me know. I think they took it off the net.

Application Tips
Posted by Steve (Ma) on 09/04/2015
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I am currently taking a combination of bloodroot, chapparel, graviola and galangal. All 4 are believed to be anti tumor/cancer. I have recently used a salve with all these ingredients with success. 3 distinct spots in different areas at different stages of healing. I have used Castor oil, cell food, msm and comfrey to speed healing and minimize scarring. Pleased with the results I am getting.

Breast Cancer
Posted by Judy (Australia Qld) on 07/03/2015
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Better But With Side Effects

I had a group of thin purple spider veins on my breast for about 2yrs and decided to use black salve, as Iv'e used it several times with excellent results on lumps and BCCs. I applied it and within 10 minutes I knew it had found something big (stinging). There were no palpable lumps or obvious cancer signs. But wow did it react, I think it stopped a death sentence. I applied 2 lots, 3 days apart, as my shower took off most of the salve, after another 2 weeks out came the cancer -a 12 cm mushroom consistency brain shaped tumor. I noticed at the base of the cavit a white thread type thing, it could have been a root to the cancer or a nerve or tendon, but I felt the salve hadn't got it all so into the raw clean empty cavity I put another lot of salve and its been 3 days now, and it has been the worst agony I have ever felt, it has been worse than labour. The pain radiates from the armpit to the sternum and the collar bone to the nipple and is unrelenting, continuous, even walking hurts as it reverberates through the breast. There is a 1-2" thick border of skin surrounding the cavity (thats now filled with black salve)is so red, hot and painful. I know this picked up an undiagnosed breast cancer and it's drawing it out from inside the breast.

Yes its painful, but it beats a mastectomy. My mother has had both her breasts removed with cancer so it is genetic.

Breast Cancer
Posted by Geoffrey (PA) on 05/27/2021
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I made a bloodroot paste with other herbs as shown on earthclinic and it removed four tumors from my chest. The smaller ones, if my memory is correct, took about 2 weeks, but the large one took a little over a month, this was around five years ago. The larger one had two necrotic blood vessels still attached, so I snipped them with sterile scissors. The past had apparently stopped the vessels from giving support to the tumor, but only to the vessels supporting the tumor. I believe the paste has saved my life.

Posted by Bill (Winnsboro, Texas) on 01/21/2015

I have used black salve for years on myself (melanoma included) and supervising others and I can say that it works. I stopped counting at 50 cures without one failure.

I used to get it from Holly Bacon of Sparks, Nevada. I don't what happened to her after the feds closed her down because she had the audacity to keep saying that it cures cancer. I now get black salve from Best On Earth Products. BTW - zinc chloride is used to make the penetration faster only.

Posted by Kenneth (Bergen, Norway) on 01/06/2013
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Replying to posts regarding bloodroot for skin cancer on the basis of my personal experience and my own personal synthesis from my own healing journey from a deep muscle/sinew cancer on the inside of my left elbow during the last two years:

Always start a suspected skin cancer treatment with multi-layered iodine as per the Simoncini protocol. Paint a layer of iodine, let dry, then repeat the process 9 times. Try to do this at least once per day for the first 10 days. If it is cancer, it will react visibly and you just continue the treatment until completion. Always paint 1cm beyond the visible boundary and if the area reacts try to paint 2 or 3 times per day. If possible use Lugols or mix 50/50 Lugol 5% with regular tincture. Set up a fan so that it dries faster. The alcohol helps it dry faster and aids in penetration. There are two reasons it is so important to always use iodine as first treatment with suspected skin cancer:

1. You need to discover the true depth and bredth of the cancer which is often considerably larger than the presenting lesion. The biggest problem with biopsy and surgery is that an MD doesn't know the actual dimensions of the cancer and sinking a knife into it is going to make it spread. By using iodine, you will get a good idea of what you are dealing with.

2: If it's just a small or even large but superficial lesion then the iodine will easily heal it without any scarring. But if it forms a running sore, then iodine is inappropriate and you can be very glad that you did not make the potentially fatal error of using an MD. In this case you need to move to Black Salve and it may be necessary to do successive treatments. Each time the salve will penetrate deeper and cause more pain. The first couple of times, it is usually sufficient with ibuprofen or acetominophen but after that you'll probably want to go to an MD to get som codein tablets. You need to treat systemically also and volumes are written about this but essentially: detox, diet change, high potency supplements and deparasitizing. A Hoxey tonic with very high dosed Lugols might be a good idea. The original Hoxey tonic was mixed in a base of potassium iodide and it was likely very strong. I take a gram per day of Lugols.

Start small and work up but don't let someone convince you that iodine is not important.

Ted's Feedback
Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 02/09/2009 383 posts
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In response to Monica (Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA) on 02/08/2009:

The best bloodroot remedy appears to be the simplest, which is 40% bloodroot and the rest is pure ethanol alcohol (found in vodka and beer). The addition of zinc chloride I believe is not helpful and caused burning sensation. Bloodroot if given in small quantities, although salves are too strong and painful because the dose is too large took me some time to resolve and it turned out a diluted bloodroot tincture works the best. The application of them generally leaves no scar and I am looking at the results of removal of skin tags if used only in a tincture form to work fairly quickly. Therefore because of the regenerative capacities of bloodroot the stem cells seems to be what bloodroot is promoting and hence the lack of scars. This is seen also in aloe vera oil and aloe vera extracts also as well as colloidal silver and colloidal gold.

The reason it has taken long for me to post the issue of bloodroot is to resolve the problems of pain and the associated dose and frequency which I have resolved. Hence the standard dose internally appears to be between 3-6 drops taken between 4-6 times a day. A minimum dose is closer to 3 drops taken 4 times a day. The concentration of bloodroot tincture (powder) is between 40-60% and the rest is ethanol alcohol. Black salve caused a lot of gastrointestinal distress, bloating and pain, but given the right concentration and dose, it doesn't cause any pain or cause additional scarring, as we have seen during treatment periods using the bloodroot salves. A possibility exist to use other forms of bloodroot powder, in very small quantities dissolved in water is another way to do it also. A bloodroot tincture can also be purchased from most health food stores seems to work fine also, against warts, Morgellon's disease, lupus, cancer polyps, cancer tumor, human papilloma virus, hepatitis C, hepatitis B, and even brain functions because of its regenerative capacities. The secret appears to be the dose and this is followed by vitamin B complex and alkalization. For some reason or another the pain and the associated anxiety that exists turns out to be that the bloodroot depletes the vitamin B complex, or that the body needs more of the vitamin B complex, some vitamin C and alkalization to prevent the associated negative side effects associated with bloodroot use.

Most people who did used bloodroot skipped with dose, frequency and concentration which prevented their lack of success and overlooked the resulting requirements of vitamin B complex which is why bloodroot is an overlooked remedy. I didn't overlook, but I had to resolve some technical use (besides trying to get them!), and their results before actually posting them.


Posted by Kate (Nevada City, CA USA) on 10/16/2008
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I have used black salve successfully on many different skin lesions, as well as moles. Two years ago I had an initial, very painful outbreak of shingles on my chest. After several days of suffering I decided to try black salve on the blisters. At first it hurt like heck, but it hurt anyway. By the next day the pain and itching were gone. It took a long time to heal completely, and a couple more spots appeared in the area along the way (which I treated also), but the pain was gone and it eventually healed nicely. I still have scars, but no more problems since.

I haven't seen any other postings for using it on shingles, so I thought someone might find it helpful.

Posted by Peggy (Gulf Breeze, FL) on 04/17/2008
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About a year ago, I decided to use bloodroot to remove a pencil- eraser-sized mole on the left side of my chin close to the jaw line just below my mouth. I chose the bloodroot/DMSO combination since I understood that the DMSO would speed the process through the skin. I have to say that I was not prepared for what happened. Once I had started the process, though, there was no turning back. I covered just the mole with the bloodroot paste and kept it covered. I reapplied the paste for about a week. First, the mole turned a cheesy looking white. Then, it scabbed over and had a white ring completely around the edge of it. By this time, the whole thing was about the size of a dime. My jaw swelled up and there were shooting pains in it that kept me from sleeping. This really scared me and I contacted someone for advice. I was advised after about six days of applying the salve to stop applying it, just keep the scab area covered,swab around the OUTSIDE of it with peroxide and it would loosen and fall off. This seemed to take a little longer than I anticipated, but when I added a little warm compress, it truly did pop right out. You certainly don't want to rush this - it has to fall out on its own. The back of the "mole" was grayish and smoothe with little dots on it that I assume were the tiny blood vessels that had supplied blood to it. The spot where the mole had been looked like I had taken a paper punch and punched out a circle of skin. I thought I was in for a bad scar, but I started putting vitamin E on it and organic coconut oil. It's been a year now and the spot is not very noticable to anyone but me, and that's because I know its there. I continue to keep it oiled and also use anti-scar products just for good measure. The faint of heart should NOT use bloodroot, especially on their face. Using it on a floppy mole in some inconspicious place covered by clothing would probably be a lot less scary. My mole was fairly large and well anchored, and on my face - not the floppy kind on a stalk. I do think it is amazing stuff, BUT extreme care needs to be taken when using it.

Skin Cancer
Posted by Anna (PD, USA) on 04/25/2007
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I ordered the blood root paste, and put it on a place on my husband's back that had been there for years and would not get well or go away, we started on a weekend with coating the entire place which was the size of a quarter.

He had instant pain, he hurt the entire night, could not sleep, (which it said if it had pain it was cancer), so after that weekend we did a smaller area, we did as follows, we would clean the area with hydrogen peroxide, then we would alternate one day with bacitration, one day with blood root, it took a little longer to get rid of the place this way but it kept the inflamation down and pain.

It took about three and half months of doing this and the thing got well and disappeared, can't even tell where it had been, i wish I had taken pictures, because before it got better it got a lot worse, worse than the pictures I had seen that other people had taken, which helped because I knew what to look for,

The stuff works great, but you have to have a little patience and wait on it to do its job. it did not take much of that stuff to take care of the area. Thanks for your site.

Skin Cancer
Posted by Susan (USA)

EC: Yes, looking at these photos would scare anyone from using bloodroot! That is exactly what these articles on Quackwatch set out to do -- scare the pants off of people who might be thinking about using traditional herbs. Too bad the (clearly biased) author didn't show a few photos of people using bloodroot who have successfully healed their cancer and skin tumors. These success stories and photographs of the healing process number in the thousands. The photos on that quackwatch page represent your worst case scenario. Why don't they post similar articles when popular medications have nightmarish side effects? Mmmm hmmmmm. They only go after the natural cures and therapies which are neither patentable nor profitable.

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